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  • Summary: Two university students, Gerardo and Jonás, meet on campus and fall passionately in love. They enjoy a blissful romance until Jonás becomes obsessed with another boy and drives Gerardo into the arms of Sérgio. The young men become entangled in a hypnotic dance of love, longing, rejection, validation, and sexual expression. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Don't be put off: Hernandez's exquisite romance works on an emotional, as well as intellectual, level.
  2. Broken Sky is that increasing rarity, a film that is fully realized visually. Keeping dialogue at a minimum, Hernández and inspired cinematographer Alejandro Cantú create a constant interplay between light and shadow, movement and stillness, dramatic spaces of architectural grandeur and intimate enclosures to evoke the ever-shifting emotions of an all-consuming first love.
  3. 50
    Mr. Hernández doesn't always grab what he's reaching for -- his talent soars untethered by discipline -- but the thrust of his effort lights up the sky.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    30
    Though the bold treatment of homoerotic love in Mexican helmer Julian Hernandez's feature bow Broken Sky is sure to grab attention, it doesn't take long before the picture's torturously slow pace turns an earnest effort into a tedious aesthetic exercise.
  5. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    25
    A 2-hour, 20-minute bore-de-force of virtually dialogue-free angst.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    20
    That's the movie--desperate grasps, huffy affronts, gulping kisses, and one juicy (if silent) sex scene, early in the film, before our senses have been deadened by boredom. Without dialogue, we don't know who the characters are, so we can't care about what they do.
  7. 0
    [Hernandez] is obviously a man more concerned with art than commerce, but good intentions don't always make for good filmmaking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. RicardoR.
    Oct 27, 2006
    10
    A very powerful view on romanticism. The film is so artful, so detailed. Julian Hernandez easily adds to the amazing list of new Mexican directors currently delivering masterpiece after masterpiece. From Cuaron, Del Toro, Reygadas or Inarritu. Hernandez is able to capture these characters like no one can. Probably the best film I've seen this year after The Departed. Expand
  2. Ted
    Jan 24, 2007
    10
    A beautiful, heartbreaking love story with amazing color camerawork. Julien Hernandez really captures what it's like to ache with love. Critic Amond White called this the best film of 2006. I couldn't agree more. Fantastic. Very much worth seeing. Expand
  3. JoelR.
    Feb 20, 2007
    9
    Captivating and erotic film. Wonderful visuals of Mexico City and its sounds of music correlated with emotion, love, jealousy, loneliness, all those feelings we've all had at some point. A bit long during those silent-blacked out moments yet absorbing. Expand
  4. KrisJ.
    Mar 10, 2007
    9
    I watched this movie in it's entirety. One might see it as an achievement since this picture lasts 140 minutes. By now you probably got what this movie is, so I will not bore yo with details. What is important for this move that director Julien Hernandez did not just make a move but rather delivered an artful picture. One might simplify the script by saying guy met guy they have fallen in love, one guy stopped loving another one so he got revenge and turned to another one. The tragedy is actually shallow, but you shouldn't look into that way. I felt the movie. I think if you have been in similar scenario you might have better understanding and you better receive this film. Love is not a simple thing especially between two young fellows. I gave it a 9. I do wholeheartly recommend. Expand
  5. BryanH.
    Feb 4, 2007
    3
    I am a sucker for a rich, romantic film and that's what I expected this to be, but to my dismay, this director tried to do what few could get away with other than Fellini and even he had a story and variety. He had no script and little libretto, though the cinematography was well-planned and dead on. All I could say throughout this film was, "Porque no hablando?" Why aren't they speaking? But worse, no action either. The sex in the beginning was tasteful and beautiful, but you can only watch so much of two cute guys refusing to discuss their conflict or worse, having no idea what their conflict is or was, even to the end. There, I gave away it's lack of an ending. But, honestly, thank God it ended when it did. Expand
  6. MarcusJ.
    Jan 16, 2010
    3
    A valiant effort, no doubt. Jonas & Gerardo have a very passionate romance that just fizzles. And when it does, so does the movie. All and all the actors did a great job. When the dialogue is cut to minimal levels, they have so much more to do and they all seemed to pull it off. But I was annoyed by the length of the film, the plot which veered off course a few times, and the camera shots which spun around constantly. And without dialogue, we really needed to see the expressions on the characters' faces, which were hard sometimes because of too many poorly lit scenes. Overall, it was an okay story that seems to have been produced by someone who was trying too hard to prove that he isn't from Hollywood. Expand
  7. MauriceF
    Sep 28, 2006
    2
    [***SPOILERS***] Things go well until Jonás sees a different boy and fixates on him. Gerardo retaliates by hooking up with someone else. That

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